Always Inventing: A Photobiography of Alexander Graham Bell

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National Geographic Books, 2006 - Juvenile Nonfiction - 64 pages
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Now in paperback—National Geographic Children's Books presents the award-winning photobiography of Alexander Graham Bell. This fascinating profile, named a School Library Journal Best Book of the Year, uses direct quotes to give readers a vivid insight into the life of a prolific inventor, driven to succeed.

With a foreword by Gilbert M. Grosvenor, Bell's great-grandson, Always Inventing features over 70 period photographs and drawings from Bell's notebooks.

From his first invention at age 11—a tool to clean husks from wheat kernels—to his patent of the hydrofoil 64 years later, Bell was always inventing. Bell was also one of the original founders of the National Geographic Society.

Awards include:
  • Notable Social Studies Trade Book for Young People—NCSS/CBC
  • New York Public Library 100 Titles for Reading and Sharing
  • Best Book of the Year—School Library Journal

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Neighbors came to find out what was crying “mama” at the Bell house as teenager Alexander and his brother Melly “used the larynx, or voice box, of a dead sheep to create a speaking machine.” Tom L ... Read full review

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Alexander Graham Bell discovered a way to transmit sounds through means of a device later called telephone. But was that all? The telephone was just one of his many inventions. Matthews was able to ... Read full review


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About the author (2006)

Tom L. Matthews is the author of the National Geographic book Light Shining Through the Mist: A Photobiography of Dian Fossey. He is a graduate of Brooklyn College, New York.

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